At 12:30 this afternoon, Cindy Ady, the PC MLA for Calgary-Shaw, announced via Facebook and on Twitter that she would not be seeking re-election in this spring's general election.
The move comes on the heels of the PC's finally reaching a full slate of 87 candidates, after the conclusion of the Calgary-West nomination this past weekend which was brought on due to complaints of voting irregularities in the constituency's initial January PC nomination vote.
This surprise announcement by Mrs. Ady, former Minister of Tourism, Parks & Recreation, leaves the PC's with a hole to fill in their candidate slate before the writ can be dropped. The timeframes involved suggest that a candidate appointment might be made, rather than a full nomination contest - a process which can take no less than 2 weeks under the PC constitution.
Stay tuned, folks... the silly season is upon us!
- E.S., who can see Calgary-Shaw from his house (with apologies to Sarah Palin).